Meaning of MACHO in English

mach ‧ o /ˈmætʃəʊ $ ˈmɑːtʃoʊ/ BrE AmE adjective informal

[ Date: 1900-2000 ; Language: Spanish ; Origin: 'male' , from Latin masculus ; ⇨ ↑ male 1 ]

behaving in a way that is traditionally typical of men, for example being strong or brave, or not showing your feelings – used humorously or in order to show disapproval:

He’s sick of being cast as the hard macho man in films.

a car with a macho image

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■ relating to men

▪ male adjective a male teacher, singer etc is a man. Male jobs are the kind of jobs that men typically do:

Most science teachers are male.


a male nurse


We are trying to recruit more women to do traditionally male jobs such as engineering.

▪ masculine considered to be more typical of a man than of a woman:

He had a very masculine face.


masculine aggression

▪ manly having the qualities that people expect and admire in a man, such as being brave and strong:

He took off his shirt, revealing his manly chest.


It isn’t considered manly to cry.


In the portrait, the King looked manly and in control.


He was bronzed and athletic, with manly features and a steady gaze.

▪ macho behaving in a way that is traditionally typical of men, for example by being strong and tough and not showing your feelings – used especially either humorously or to show disapproval:

On the outside he may seem to be very macho but inside he’s very sensitive.


Stallone always plays macho men.


He’s far too macho to drink mineral water.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.